The Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 118–105 to improve to 15–0 and tie the NBA record for best start to a season. Stephen Curry scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting. The win also set a record for the best start to a season by a defending champion
“This is special to get to 15–0 and tie a record that has been standing for a long time, it’s a huge accomplishment. We want to take it to the next level on Tuesday back at home,” Curry told ESPN after the game.
Curry scored 19 points in the win Sunday, one of five Golden State players in double digits. Klay Thompson led the team with 21 points and Andre Iguodala added 12 off the bench. Harrison Barnes had 17 points and Draymond Green scored 13. Andrew Bogut, who had eight points, was the only starter who didn’t reach double figures.
Golden State can gain sole possession of the record with a win on Tuesday night at home against the Lakers.
The Warriors share the record with the 1993–94 Rockets and the 1948–49 Washington Capitols, who played in the BAA, the precursor to the NBA. When the 1995–96 Bulls went 72–10 they lost two of their first 12 games. The Warriors would have to go 57–10 to match that historic Bulls season.
Golden State has surpassed 100 points in every game this season and entered the night averaging an NBA-best 114.3 points per game. Its scoring margin of 216 points is the fifth largest ever through 15 games, according to the team.
“We can have fun on the bench, encourage each other and continue to motivate each other to get better,” Curry continued in his postgame interview.
Perhaps 72 wins isn’t far off for these motivated Warriors, but first they’ll go for 16.